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Can hornets, kelp, and ants help us solve climate change? These kids think so.

Can hornets, kelp, and ants help us solve climate change? These kids think so.

This year, middle and high school students from across the U.S. took part in the first-ever Youth Design Challenge, learning how to use biomimicry to create solutions to climate change. From an oriental hornet-inspired method to increase the efficiency of solar panels, to a Saharan silver ant-inspired roof designed to stay cool in extreme heat, to a kelp and fish-inspired method of generating energy, and more, these students learned to apply lessons from nature to solve tough sustainability challenges.

From ambiguous to aspirational: Is your company ready to be bio-inspired?

From ambiguous to aspirational: Is your company ready to be bio-inspired?

A major reason that I pursued a PhD in biomimicry was to have the time and space to reflect on my experiences as a practitioner and consultant. I wanted to know why some organizations seem to embody the emulation of nature as an inherent part of their identity while others dabbled on a project or two and decided it didn’t work. As a reflective consultant, I was always looking for ways to serve my clients more effectively and enable a positive experience in their learning from nature. The majority of the last few professional years of my life have been dedicated to a seemingly simple question: What factors influence the adoption of nature-inspired innovation in multinational corporations?

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